And why is that? The stock market is back up. New and existing home sales are up. The auto industry is in full recovery mode. We have health care for people with pre-existing condtions, and a progressive social policy. There have been a few bumps in the road but considering the republican party insults their base at every turn, AND have no detailed plan on what they would do with the economy I would say that Obama and the Democrats are a shoe in. Not to mention the extremeist rights views on what a woman should and should not be able to do with her body.
New / Existing home sales are up as compared to? I don't think this is an issue the Pres. should touch and the reason I believe this is simple - while "sales" maybe up as a percentage the value of homes have not returned and many of the "middle American" folks he needs to reach are still underwater. Highlighting something that is a "marginal" improvement at best will only remind them that they have lost equity and others have benefited from this.
The auto industry is in full recovery but at what cost? Honestly - considering there were more than 2,000 dealerships shut down I don't know if this is a great "target" issue. But - I am sure it will sell well to a huge group the Pres. needs - Union members. I just don't know if guys like me (who are non-union (currently), have not bought a new car, saw our pension funds lose money (owning stock in GM) without redress) want to be reminded how the federal gov. picked winners and losers. To neutralize this issue - I think the Pres. could remind everyone how the beginning of the bailout was started by Pres. Bush using TARP funds.
One has always been able to carry children on insurance if you were willing to pay for it. Now that it is mandated - where does that cost go? It could not have went away - right? Did this inadvertently raise everyones rate as companies began to project the cost of such changes and adjust all premiums across a group?
There have been more than a few bumps in the road. I won't repeat it but . . . . record: deficit, unemployment, SSDI, SNAP, WIC and so on. Additionally - I am most disturbed with Benghazi and the lack of response we have seen. Not OK and not a "bump" in my opinion.
The whole "war on women" thing to me is silly. Geez. Abortion is legal and the law of the land - if someone wants to "overturn it" - OK. Good luck with that. Can States vote to limit some access - yep - and that is local elections not Pres. elections. Funding for PP (if that's on the table) - OK - cut them the same percentage that every other program gets cut (if at all). Birth control - honestly - maybe if you can't afford to purchase birth control, maybe you should limit the amount of sex you have (yes, I am being sarcastic). Many (in Lucas County and Lenewee County) Health departments offer free condoms. If your a guy and you love (or care for) the woman you wish to sleep with - you should be man enough to protect her and you from the risk of having a child if you do not want one. Do condoms fail . . . er, I have four kids . . . YEP! But . . . both parties then need to be an adult and make a decision together as they make the choice to take the risk. Mammograms, UW of Monroe County (and others) do a terrific job at helping women who want screenings get them. Pap-smears - same thing. Not sure what other "gender only" issues may exist but one thing I know is that, I wish both parties would get the heck outta my (and everyones) personal life.